Home Innovation Research Labs was recently awarded a two-year, $400,000 contract from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create the guidelines that will help builders and developers incorporate resilience into their projects.
Under this contract, Home Innovation staff experts and a new advisory group will produce a set of practical, actionable guidelines for builders and developers to design and construct residential buildings, neighborhoods and accessory structures to improve residential resilience and integrate that resiliency with the entire community.
The guidelines will focus on new construction and major re-construction after natural disasters — especially re-construction in areas where entire communities need to be rebuilt after significant events. The guidelines will not focus on minor repairs or renovations that are common after most natural disaster events and will not address non-residential buildings. The guidelines will take regional and climatic differences into account, and will provide guidance on how to effectively interact with local ordinances and broader community resilience and operations plans.
Metrics are a critical part of meaningful, long-term resiliency, and they will be a core element of the builder/developer guidelines. Resiliency metrics will include:
- Identifying and defining natural hazards, disaster preparedness and disaster resistance
- Ability to function during and immediately after the disaster
- Ability to quickly recover
- Ability to get back on the path of growth
- On-site and community renewable power generation
- Grid independence and grid interaction
- Durability of building materials and systems
- Integrated community development
- Economic suitability
- Social equity
- Communication plans
Those interested in helping to create these important guidelines can apply to be a member of the Residential Resiliency Guidelines Advisory Group. Applications are due by Nov. 18, 2019; selected members will be notified and announced in early December.
For more information on the project, contact John Peavey, P.E., Home Innovation’s Director, Building Science.